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Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

Jan. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87. Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock,...

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

Jan. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82. Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at...

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

Jan. 18, 2019 8:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The...

Maren Morris starts 2nd album with uplifting "GIRL" single

Jan. 17, 2019 8:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of "GIRL," she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album. "It felt like such a timely song for now," said the...

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer-songwriter on Monday announced details of the April 1 show...

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

Jan. 14, 2019 2:51 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer-songwriter on Monday announced details of the April 1 show...

Willie Nelson, George Strait perform 1st ever duet together

Jan. 13, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Willie Nelson has sung with just about everyone, from Snoop Dogg to Frank Sinatra, but one surprising omission was fellow Texas troubadour George Strait. The two country singers sang their first ever duet together on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, during a...

2019 Songwriters Hall class: Missy, Cat Stevens, John Prine

Jan. 12, 2019 8:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott is making history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also includes legendary British singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine. The organization announced the new group of inductees Saturday. Other inductees...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Jan. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of January 9, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. Taylor...

Elvis Presley's jewelry, clothing sold at Graceland auction

Jan. 9, 2019 4:34 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jewelry, clothing and other Elvis Presley-related memorabilia have been sold at auction in Tennessee. Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction at The Guest House Graceland netted more than $600,000 Tuesday on what would have been his 84th birthday. The Guest House is a hotel located...